Week 5: February 1st - 7th
The supplies you will need each week: Your Bible, a pencil or pen with notebook, a candle with lighter, and comfortable place to relax and absorb God’s word. I will be providing the Welcome, the“REVEALED, Part 2”Bible Study for the week, the words to any songs listed in program, and Closing Benediction weekly.
*Welcome to each of you. I pray that you will be refreshed and eyes open to the Holy Spirit as you take your Bible and lean on God’s everlasting arms today. Please make time to stop and smile at your family and let them know they are loved. Encourage them to join in this session as you enter this time with God as His name is “REVEALED, Part 2”.
*Devotional Reading:Proverbs 2: 1-11
*The Lord’s Prayer
*Lighting of the Candle and Breath Prayer:
Spirit of God, Breathe on me.
Spirit of God, Pour out Your presence on me.
Spirit of God, Speak through Your word to me.
*Reading the Bible Study “REVEALED, Part 2” and looking items up in your Bible. If in a group setting allow 15 minutes for quiet reflective time and individual Prayer of Discernment before any discussion begins.
*Prayer of Discernment to God on what you read. Ask God for his guidance on what you just read. Write your questions down if something needs further clarity or more prayer.
WEEK FIVE “REVEALED, Part 2”
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NTB)
12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
The Bible talks about how we see some aspects of our faith through a glass darkly. Some people feel like God himself is like that hidden, mysterious, distant, unknown. But over the years I have discovered something amazing we serve a God who wants to be known. He said, “I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” He wants us to know him and He regularly reveals Himself to us through his word. Our heavenly father is identified in a wide variety of ways in the scriptures. Perhaps you still feel as though you only see God through a glass darkly or maybe you feel you know God very well, either way I believe this study will reveal some familiar and some new names of God that will deepen your relationship with Him. “REVEALED,Part 2” continues to help us discover a new facet of God each week as we learn the names of God and what that name reveals of God’s wonderful, redemptive character and nature.
Each week a New name will be “Revealed”.
*A short reading on the Name of God Revealed.A few Bible verses that use the Name of God Revealed.
*Grab your Bible and look up the verses then ask God daily to reveal Himself as the name which you are studying and finally keep a small journal to record how God has revealed Himself in that way.
*Finally, share with someone how God has revealed Himself to you in the name you are studying.
Let Us Get Started:
This Week: El de' ot (God of Knowledge)
“God of knowledge” is one of the descriptive names for God. It singles knowledge out from all the attributes of God. Unlike humans, God is not limited in His knowledge; He is all-knowing (“omniscient” is the older word). Supernatural knowledge is something that Jesus (Yeshua‘) demonstrated on several occasions. It is also one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Bible reference:1 Samuel 2:3
Hannah was so joyful when she took her miraculous son, Samuel, to serve in the temple that she sang a song exalting Yahweh (Jehovah). She declared several of His attributes and shouted at her enemies not to boast, because Yahweh is a God of knowledge. He knows everything His enemies do and will punish them.
Boast no more so very proudly,
Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For the Lord is a God of knowledge,
And with Him actions are weighed.
Other similar descriptive names of God are “One perfect in knowledge” and “Revealer of mysteries.” One Bible verse uses a name for the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). Omniscience is defined as "the state of having total knowledge, the quality of knowing everything." For God to be sovereign over His creation of all things, whether visible or invisible, He must be omniscient. His omniscience is not limited to a single person in the Godhead - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all omniscient by nature. God knows everything (1 John 3:20). He knows not only the smallest details of our lives, but those of all around us, because He mentions that He still knows when a little bird falls or when we lose only one of our hair (Matthew 10:29-30). Not only does God know everything that will happen to the end of history itself (Isaiah 46: 9-10), but He also knows our own thoughts, even before we speak (Psalm 139:4). He knows our heart from afar; And still saw us before being born into the womb (Psalm 139:1-3; 15:16). Solomon perfectly expresses this truth when he says, "... for you alone know the hearts of all the children of men" (1 Kings 8:39).
Think About this:
Remember trying to get away with something as a kid? My Grandma was always quick to say, “I may not know, but God knows.” And I must admit I use this same line on my own children.At some point, you probably wondered, “Does He know everything?” The answer is yes, He does. God is omniscient or all-knowing. He has infinite awareness, understanding, and insight.
Psalm 139starts, “You have searched me Lord, and You know me.” That word “know” in the Hebrew is “yada,” which means to know, to perceive, to recognize, to consider. It appears more than 900 times in the Old Testament.
Psalm 139 reminds us that God knows our words before we speak (Psalm 139:4). God knew us before we were born (Psalm 139:13, Jeremiah 1:5). He knows our hearts, and He knows our concerns (Psalm 139:23, Jeremiah 12:3). He knows everything.
God knows every sinful thought and action I have ever had or will have. That may seem terrifying, but it is freeing. God knows everything you have done, yet He still loves you. He still sent His Son to sacrifice for you. We can never escape God’s attention, so how should we respond? Do we fear? Do we quit?
No! Just as David did, we ask God to search us, to know our hearts, to test us and lead us (Psalm 139:23-24). We respond with praise and gratitude knowing that God who knows everything is guiding us through life. David recognizes that God has a knowledge that is above even his as the king of Israel. God knows our actions; God knows our thoughts; God knows every word that we speak. David goes so far as to say that there is nowhere we can hide from God that He does not know where we are. There is peace in believing in El de’ot because we have no secrets from Him. And no matter what thoughts, words, or actions that He sees, His love for us never falters.
How does it make you feel to know that God knows every detail about your life and still loves you?
When was the last time you asked God to search your heart? Take a few minutes to do that today.
How does God want you to act based on what you read today in the Bible?
Read and Meditate on these Scriptures that revealGod as El de'ot:
1 John 3:20, Psalm 147:5, Job 21:22, Romans 11:33-34, 1 Corinthians 2:16
*Listen to or sing along to the hymn ‘In The Garden”; take quiet time to reflect the meaning of those words in the hymn. If you did the Fall 2020 Bible study, ask yourself how your relationship with God amid these uncertain times has changed. Why has the meaning changed? Write down your reaction to review and read your notes from Fall 2020 for further clarity or more prayer.
Song: In The Garden
I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing. Refrain
I'd stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling. Refrain
*Closing Benediction*: “Make every effort to preserve the unity the Spirit has already created, with peace binding you together.” (Ephesians 4:3)
Through the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells in us through our belief in Jesus, our Lord and Savior, inspire our hearts to seek You in Your Word daily. Grow us both individually and together, as we seek the peace of Your presence. Help us to walk faithfully and fiercely after Christ, reflecting His love. May we always lift our progress up to You, who holds the honor and glory for who we are and what we do. Use our lives, Lord, to reach those who desperately need to know You love them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
*CLOSE YOUE EYES for 5-10 minutes and feel the love of Christ wrapping His loving arms around you.You are beautiful and one of a kind -YOU ARE GOD’S MASTERPIECE.
*Blow your candle out to end your quiet journey with God. God bless you until we meet again next week!